Top Chinese synchronized swimmers doubtful for world championships

14:14, April 25, 2011      

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Twin sisters Jiang Wenwen and Jiang Tingting, known as the best synchronized swimming duo in China, may sit out on the Shanghai World Championships in July.

The Jiang sisters, who claimed a World Cup title last year in Changshu, China, failed to deliver a convincing performance in the China Open.

Jiang Wenwen/Jiang Tingting lost to the national team's Liu Ou/Huang Xuechen in the technical routine duet final on Saturday, and were beaten again on Sunday in the free routine duet final by Liu Ou/Luo Qian.

"I've said that the twins can only qualify for the World Championships with good performance," said China's synchronized swimming chief Yu Li.

"I think they still have some problems, especially in stamina, but before we make final decisions, we will give the sisters more time."

The Jiang sisters have not returned to the national team yet after winning the Guangzhou Asiad duet title.

"They missed the winter training due to injuries, so they cannot come back to the national team now. We cannot let someone take part in the World Championships only based on her old glories. It won't be fair for other athletes. So the twins still need to prove themselves," Yu said.

The Jiang sisters were quite relaxed about the Shanghai Worlds. "We hope we can make it," said the older sister Wenwen. "But if young swimmers are better, we can accept that."

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